Mr. Mathias Aboba, a lead team member of ASOLI recently graduated with a second Master’s degree in Communication and Advocacy from James Madison University in the United States of America. Mathias has also secured a scholarship to commence a PhD at the University of Oklahoma in Communication Studies starting this Fall 2021.
Mathias master’s thesis was titled “Seeking New Understanding of Primary Healthcare Policy Constraints: A Qualitative Assessment of Health Workers and Community Perspectives on the Role of Communication in the Implementation of Ghana‘s National Community Health Policy”.
His research sought to contribute towards understanding and finding ideas for strengthening primary healthcare systems in Ghana. Among other things, the findings of his study show that the success of CHPS depends on healthy relationships and better understanding of roles and expectations of stakeholders. Mathias’ research utilized qualitative data collected under the CHPS+ program by the University of Ghana’s Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS). The study recommended the strengthening of communication and related activities including stakeholders’ engagement and the training of health workers for effective CHPS operations.
Mr. Aboba already holds a Master’s degree in International Studies (with focus on communication) from Ohio University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University for Development Studies, Ghana among other qualifications. He has previously served as Communication and Knowledge Management lead for several programs including the National Program for Strengthening the Implementation of the Community-based Health Planning and Services Program in Ghana (CHPS+) and the Ghana Essential Health Intervention Program (GEHIP). He has also provided consultancy and collaborative services for agencies and organizations like KOICA, ADRO and GDC in Ghana.
ASOLI is proud of Mathias accomplishments and his contribution to our organization and wish him success in his PhD Studies and in all his endeavors. It’s a privilege to have someone like him on our team. We are very certain the new challenge he has taken on will go a long way to enhance his capacity and skills and enable him to contribute more to the development of our organization and society at large.
Once again, we say congratulations Mathias!